Travel has become a large and enjoyable part of my life. Marie and I are fortunate enough to travel a few times a year. Travelling has taught me a number of invaluable lessons that are hard to learn anywhere else.
"Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind." -Anthony Bourdain
Wherever you go there you are. This becomes abundantly clear when you travel, My surroundings are new and the people are new, but I am the same person working on the same struggles. We can’t escape ourselves through travel. This is one of my favourite things about extended travel, you have to confront the things in your mind that haven't been dealt with. The first few weeks of your journey it will be easy to distract yourself by all of the new experiences, but eventually you settle in and you don't have your at home to do list or work to distract you. It’s just you and whatever you decided to bring along in your pack and eventually this leads to spending time figuring out who you are and what you like. Without the distractions you can be yourself and examine what makes you happy in the day to day. What aspects of the trip could you bring back and implement into your life at home.
If you've gone on a long trip backpacking or something similar there’s nothing as amazing as coming home. You step out of the taxi and unlock your doors and there is your stuff and running water and familiar food. Travelling brings a whole new perspective to the things that we take for granted. Running water that you can drink, that’s the most amazing thing after having to locate and buy bottled water for fear of getting deathly ill. You cannot replace the perspective that travel gives you about the place you call home. As much fun and excitement I’ve had on trips, nothing compares to the feeling of bliss that is arriving home after 24+ hours of travel.
Travel puts you in position to try new things that you wouldn't normally try at home and it makes you ask yourself why don't I do some of these things at home? When we’re travelling we seek out adventure and exciting experiences and then we come home and it’s back to the grind or similar disenchanting cliche. Why not try to create a life that you don't feel like you have to take a vacation from?
As much as I enjoy travelling, I love my routine at home, because I’ve made my life about happiness and enjoyment and less about the rat race progression. Most of us have work and obligatory duties, but that doesn't consume all our time. Create your life in a way that makes you excited and not want to escape it. It’s not going to happen over night but recognize the steps that you need to take to get you where you want to go and then start crawling in the right direction.
Travel has taught me what brings me joy and made me realize that I don't have to be on a trip to enjoy the things that make me happy. Take trips, get away and clear your mind and bring that perspective home. Our day to day lives should be something we enjoy and not drudgery that fills in the gaps between weekends and vacations.